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in the arab world hitting home after an angry mob kills the u.s. ambassador to libya and three other americans. >> today many americans are asking, indeed, i asked myself. how could this happen in a country in a country we helped liberate in a city we helped save from destruction? this reflects just how complicated and at times how confounding the world can be, but we must be clear-eyed even in our grief. this was an attack by a small and savage group. not the people or government of libya. >> tensions are also strained right now with one of america's closest allies. anti-american fury is now spreading. we're following all the angle from around the globe. ian lee is on the ground in cairo, eswript, and sarah is in jerusalem. so two u.s. missions in two different countries attacked on the same day. we're talking about the 11th anniversary of the september 11th attacks. we want to take a closer look at the security information with someone who is actually experiencing this. nicolas burns has served in the foreign service for 27 years. he is also a former u.s. ambassador to nato. nick, thanks for
. a shocking death. a united states ambassador in libya dead today. the obama administration taking steps now this hour to beef up security at embassies around the world. after this veteran diplomat christopher stevens along with three of his american staffers were murdered by a mob in benghazi, libya. the attack yesterday was apparently triggered by a film, a film produced by an american by the name of sam basil. considered by many to be highly offensive to islam. again, a film. these murders taking place in a country that the united states helped to liberate from the dictator moammar gadhafi and a mob attacked the embassy in cairo, egypt, yesterday. climbing the embassy walls. tearing down and ripping apart the united states flag. it's unclear if the attacks were koord natded or plans to con side with the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks here in america. but moments ago, our president obama spoke out about these killings. >> the united states condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack. we're working with the government of libya to secure our diplomats. i've alwa
with the attacks against two u.s. diplomatic compounds overseas. first libya where militants staged a protest outside the u.s. consulate in ben za lee leading to clashes with security forces and the death of a security department officer. >>> the other powder keg is in cairo where several men managed to scale the walls of the u.s. embassy. take a look at this. they tore down all the american flags. ian lee is live from cairo this morning. i want to start with what has caused all this outrage. >> reporter: well, zoraida, it focuses around a film. and the film is very amateurish. it's a mishmash of clips. it is really incoherent, i have watched the clip, but it has a lot of things the muslims would find offensive about their prophet. so this is what sparked the clashes that we saw last night when thousands of people gathered outside the u.s. embassy where a handful of protesters actually breached the embassy compound, tore down the american flag like you just saw and ripped it apart. and these protesters are also calling for more protests against the u.s. embassy. a question we are wondering is
in benghazi, libya, that left four americans dead. including j. christopher stevens, the ambassador to libya who's being remembered as a dedicated and talented advocate for this country overseas. it is hard to overstate the significance of what happened last night at that american consulate in benghazi. he is the first ambassador to be killed in the line of duty in the last three decades and only the sixth in the entire history of american diplomacy. tonight we're learning that his death and the deaths of three of his staffers may have come not at the hands of a random mob of islamic fundamentalists who were riled up by a shadowy anti-muslim youtube film, instead, sources say that a pro-al qaeda group is the key suspect now and a senior u.s. official says american surveillance drones are expected to join in the hunt for them. the fbi is also investigating. as we said at the top of the program, american warships armed with cruise missiles have begun steaming closer to libya. a marine unit is headed to tripoli to protect the embassy there and other forces may be called to beef up protection gl
and now, thinking about the tragedy that has happened in cairo and libya, which we're going to talk more about in a moment. what is your reaction to how this seems to be escalating? >> i think the thing that strikes me the most is that at least in the libyan government, you have a real sense of people apologizing and people trying to prevent it from happening again. trying to crack down the perpetrators. in egypt, you have a government that is waffling. hasn't been living out to its responsibilities to protect people and it has been appealing to the crowds. >> we have ian as well. what can you tell us is happening on the ground right now in cairo outside the u.s. embassy? >> reporter: right now, we have protesters and police squaring off, molotov cocktails, throwing between the protesters and the police. not many protesters, but definitely enough to create a large disturbance and we're seeing the two go head to head. these are definitely more your hard core protesters that you see that are willing to go up into the front lines and really go in and attack the police, erin. >> and i know y
, to help libya stand up as it moved towards elections, as it tries to start anew. i think there's going to be a lot of gut checking right now about how the u.s. wants to proceed. not just with libya. but with a lot of countries in the middle east. i mean if you look at the islamic wave that has swept the middle east in terms of these revolutions, the u.s. was very apprehensive, that we are going to support democratic movements. but they also said, secretary clinton has also said that an election does not a democracy make. and so these countries are not going to necessarily hold up to their end of the bargain. there are diplomatic conventions about protecting u.s. facilities. about holding to democratic values. and you saw some statements coming out of the libyan interior ministry right now blaming the united states, in fact, for something like this. i think there's going to be a lot of, you know, the u.s. is really going to hunker down and think about how they want to proceed now. not just in libya but in the whole region. >> elise, this is brooke. let me just, as john points out, you k
the crisis is headed. the u.s. ambassador to libya, chris stevens, information management officer sean smith and security personnel glen doherty and tyrone woods, honored and remembered. president obama spoke about the in pakistan, a disturbing and familiar scene as the crowd burns the american flag. and in tunisia, black smoke rises from the compound. >> and two marines are dead at a military base where prince harry is now stationed as well. back home an emotional service at joint base andrews for the arrival of the bodies of the four americans killed in libya. the u.s. ambassador to libya, chris stevens, information management officer sean smith and security personnel glen doherty and tyrone woods were honored and remembered. president obama spoke about the them, calling them heros who gave their lives for our country. >> they had a mission, and they believed in it. they knew the danger, and they accepted it. they didn't simply embrace the american ideal, they lived it. >> we'll have much more on the service coming up but first the latest on the wave of protests. joining us arwa damon and
home, four americans killed in the attacks in benghazi, libya, returning home earlier today at andrews air force base. ♪ >>> this is the scene in cairo, a tense standoff between police and protesters. and across the muslim world, the rage is boiling over. u.s. embassy and consulates under siege in the middle east. africa and even asia, crowds in the street lashing out at america over a video mocking islam. i'm wolf blitzer in for piers morgan. there is fear and uncertainty tonight over where this crisis is heading. this map shows the unrest spreading to more than a dozen nations. in sudan, a chilling image on a day where mobs tore into the u.s. and german embassy compounds. tonight the sus sending marines there to reinforce security at the embassy. in pakistan, a disturbing and familiar scene as the crowd burns the american flag. and in tunisia, black smoke rises from the compound. >> and two marines are dead at a military base where prince harry is now stationed as well. back home an emotional service at joint base andrews for the arrival of the bodies of the four america
in benghazi, libya. president obama has ordered that flags fly at half staff across the united states and at embassies around the world until sunday night. >>> i'm wolf blitzer in for piers morgan. earlier today the republican challenger, mitt romney, blasted president obama for what he characterized as, quote, an apology for america's values over the storming of the u.s. embassy in cairo. >> an apology for america's values is never the right course. >> the president fired right back in an interview tonight with cbs news. >> governor romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and name later, and as president, one of the things i've learned is you can't do that. you know, it's important for you to make sure that the statements that you make are backed up by the facts and that you've thought through the ramifications before you make them. >> and there are late-breaking developments right now. two u.s. navy warships of moving toward the coast of libya and 50 marines are on the ground in tripoli right now. cnn is there and ian lee is in cairo. what is the latest in libya? >> reporter:
of the bodies of the four americans killed in libya. the u.s. ambassador to libya, chris stevens, information management officer sean smith and security personnel glen doherty and tyrone woods were honored and remembered. president obama spoke about the them, calling them heros who gave their lives for our country. >> they had a mission, and they believed in it. they knew the danger, and they accepted it. they didn't simply embrace the american ideal, they lived it. >> we'll have much more on the service coming up but first the latest on the wave of protests. joining us arwa damon and ben wedeman. arwa, what's going on in benghazi right now? >> reporter: well, the situation is pretty tense. just about every single libyan that we have been speaking to of course expressing their horror, their outrage about tuesday's attack, saying this most certainly is not indicative of how libyans themselves feel but also really wanting to see their own government begin to take control, begin to rein in these various militias. the government for its part now does believe, says it's 100% confident that tuesday
there on the campaign trail for the four who lost their lives in the consulate, the u.s. consulate in libya. a heckler prevented him from doing so but making a pivot from the kind of tone he took before when -- actually criticizing president obama and his handling of what has taken place. we're taking you around the world in 60 minutes. here's what's going on right now. the anger is spreading fast since the attacks on the u.s. consulate at libya that happened on the anniversary of september 11th. we are seeing protests and violence in the streets in several countries. we're talking egypt, iran, yemen and israel. secretary of state hillary clinton told muslims everywhere that the united states had nothing to do with the youtube video that seems to have sparked the violent protests. >> this video is disgusting and reprehensible. it appears to have a deeply cynical purpose, to denigrate a great religion and to provoke rage. but as i said yesterday, there is no justification, none at all, for responding to this video with violence. we condemn the violence that has resulted in the strongest terms. >> egypt
the attack that killed four americans including the top u.s. diplomat in libya was planned in advance. we're also talking with the people behind the controversial anti-muslim film igniting protests that the attackers may have used for cover. we're also watching an important political dimension to this story. mitt romney's immediate criticism of president obama's international policies. i'm wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room." >>> dramatic developments unfolding. let's begin with some important new developments in the attacks on u.s. facilities in both cairo, egypt. and benghazi, libya. u.s. sources now tell cnn the attack in benghazi was actually planned in advance and the perpetrators used a protest outside the u.s. consulate in benghazi there simply as a diversion. four americans died including the united states ambassador to libya chris stevens. our foreign affairs correspondent, jill dougherty, has been working her sources to get a better idea on exactly what happened. our senior international correspondent nic robertson is monitoring the search for who's responsible. and our
will be addressing libya in his remarks on the trail from jacksonville in just about 35 minutes. they will be carrying that for you live on cnn newsroom. with that, let's go to carol cost ello. "cnn newsroom" continues right now. carol? >>> and good morning to you. thank you for being with with us. i'm carol costello. we begin, of course, with breaking news. anti-american mob attacks embassy in libya. the white house confirms that u.s. ambassador to libya, j. christopher stevens, is dead along with three other staff members. a radical islamic group led the hours long siege in benghazi, libya. the militants were apparently enraged by a cheaply made online film considered offensive to islam. just last hour one libyan leader joined the international chorus in condemning the attack. >> translator: we apologize to the u.s. and to the american people, to the government and also to the rest of the world for what happened yesterday. and at the same time, we expect the world to cooperate with us in order to confront to what is meant out of this kind of cowardice, criminal act. >> that is
to libya. the on-line film clip that sparked rioting in two embassies and the life of the ambassador himself. light get to it. cnn has learned in the past few minutes that u.s. officials now believe attackers in libya did not specifically target the u.s. ambassador to libya, chris stevens. targeted or not, ambassador stevens was killed along with three other members. me they planned to hit the consulate in benghazi, and were waitinged for an opportunity to strike. that opportunity came in a street riot last night. here's secretary of state hillary clinton today. >> he risked his life to stop a tyrant, then gave his life trying to help build a better libya. live at the state department now to ellise. first of all, to the new information we are getting here because this is very rare. we understand for an ambassador to be killed by terrorists. does it change how people feel about what has happened at the state department that people's dear friend and colleague that he was not targeted, but this was something of a tragic accident? >> suzanne, i think the halls of the state department rea
investigating the killing of four americans in benghazi, libya, our sources reveal that not one fbi investigator has st stepped foot in the crime scene. the same sources say the crime scene has not been secured. and those are two deadlines, just two new pieces of information tonight. that is not all we are learning. cnn national security contributor fran townsend is joining us now. she has the scoop on all of it. as we often mention there is a the former white house security adviser and a member of the cia external advisory committee and she's in libya with her employer. and also with us is former cia officer bob baer. you have new reporting on the status of the fbi investigation. what can you tell us? >> anderson, it's pretty extraordinary and astonishing to me who's worked with the fbi over a decade. you understand when this happens and the fbi opens an investigation one of the first things they do is go to the state department and say please request permission for us to enter this country, libya, get to the crime scene, benghazi. please request that we have the security and ability to do that
scrawled across it "libya is so important." it was a real chilling, somber experience to be walking through it. and one also, though, must point out at this stage that the attack that took place did not just happen at this one location. after personnel were evacuated from this compound, they were then taken to a safe house where we are being told a short while later that location, too, coming under attack. so this really is putting a lot of questions out there, first and foremost of course the capabilities of the libyan government but also the questions to whether or not the u.s. underestimated the threat that it faces here. libyan security officials have been telling us that for months now they've been warning the united states about this growing extremist threat and that they have been growing ever more concerned about how little control they actually themselves have over the situation. >> arwa, please be careful over there in benghazi. we'll stay in close touch. arwa damon, one of our courageous journalists. the egyptian capital is tense, the u.s. embassy is tense. ben wedeman, what's go
a.m. in cairo, the situation there remains very, very tense after the deadly attack in libya president obama is vowing to find the killer there. the u.s. ambassador, chris stevens died tuesday night after a mob stormed the consulate in benghazi. the violence, though, spreading not only in cairo, and you can see live pictures from egypt, it's spreading in the region and to a certain degree as well. we'll stay on top of it. that's it for us, thank you very much for watching, "ac 360" starts right now. breaking news tonight. >>> good evening, everyone. american warships and u.s. marines on the move, drones airborne. and a running battle on the streets of cairo between police and protesters outside and near the u.s. embassy and at a mosque in tahrir square. these are live pictures. late new developments in the wake of the siege there yesterday and the attack on the u.s. consulate that left four americans dead, including j. christopher stevens, the ambassador to libya who's being remembered as a dedicated and talented advocate for this country overseas. it is hard to overstate the
outposts around the world today after the u.s. ambassador to libya and three staffers were killed. now u.s. marines are speeding to benghazi where they will help secure the u.s. consulate where the attack occurred. jill dougherty joins us now. >> reporter: officials here at the state department are beginning to piece together the details, but this is what we know. we have been speaking to them all morning long. what they say is essentially you had three things going on. you had the basic demonstration by regular libyans, but then you had a very targeted attack on the attack in benghazi by these heavy heavily-armed militants. we understand there were a couple dozen of them. they were using rpgs. very serious attack. as they attack the consulate, it starts a fire. and that is where the story with the ambassador comes in. the ambassador, mr. stevens, had been in benghazi temporarily. he's normally in the capital tripoli. also shawn smith, 10-year veteran, was also there on a temporary assignment. they were inside that consulate. fire breaks out. there are now three people along with one sec
burning in benghazi might have conjured up memories of tehran in 1979, but the analogy is false. in libya, the government is not fomenting anti-americanism. it is fighting it, openly declaring america an ally and friend. libya is pro-american by two to one. the violence there appears to have been the work of small extremist elements that lack much popular support. but the storm has spread from libya. across the middle east there have been protests rallying against the united states and the west in general. even in these places, however, keep in mind that these crowds number in the hundreds, perhaps thousands. in countries with tens of millions of people. they make for vivid images, but they don't tell the whole story. what can we say about these places and protests? first in many of these countries, particularly those that have toppled dictatorships, the most important reality is not of bad government but of weak government. in libya, yemen, and even egypt, the state has lost its ability to control its public. in a sense, this might be progress. egypt didn't see protests like this before
on the embassy. within hours, crowds gathered outside benghazi, libya. armed militants killed the u.s. ambassador and three of the staffers. today, crowds storm the u.s. embassy in yemen. riot police eventually turned them back with tear gas. also today, demonstrators turn out in iran. they aamass outside the swiss embassy, which represents u.s. interests in iran. let's get the latest now from that region. mohammed jamjoon join us. >> about 2,000 to 3,000 protesters that were marching toward the u.s. embassy, many of them aable to get close enough to the main gates. they started scaling the walls. fires were set outside the u.s. embassy compound. i've spoken to a western diplomat there who tells me everyone in the embassy is fine. no word if the staff has been evacuated. just a short while ago, yemeni president issued a statement in which he issued an apology to u.s. president barack obama and the american people for the attack on the embassy today, saying this was unacceptable and ordered yemeni security forces to launch an investigation and prosecute anybody they found involved in this to the f
right now. >>> breaking news here this early thursday morning. we have iran, yemen, egypt, and libya. we're talking about all four this morning. new clashes now and anger. it's really spreading throughout the middle east in the overnight hours. cnn reporting mobs, protesters outside a swiss embassy in tehran, iran, which handles u.s. interests there and at the u.s. embassies in sanaa, that is a capital of yemen, and of course, in cairo in egypt. >> we want to get right to iran right now. we are on the phone with shirrzod, who hopefully can tell us what's going on in tehran. what is the latest, shirzad? >> the protests against this new anti-islam film took about two hours, it started about noon local time, about 2 1/2 hours ago, and wrapped up about half an hour ago. there are only about a dozen riot, anti-riot police still stationed around the embassy compound, but i didn't see anything move inside or inside the embassy at all, i couldn't see anything. i don't know if there's anybody in there at all or not. but the protests are very peaceful. the crowds of university students were kept w
information, we'll come right back to you. really appreciate it. want to go to to libya where police have arrested four people in connection with a violent death. the u.s. ambassador and four other than americans are in custody in benghazi. they're being indirectly linked to the rocket attack on the u.s. consulate. i want to talk to jimana in tripoli, the libyan capital west of benghazi. first of all, what do we know about those arrested? >> very little, suzanne, so far. what we understand from libyan officials is that at least one of those arrested is a -- they were detained in benghazi yesterday. we know they are being interrogated to see what role they had in the attack, but according to one sore libyan official today, they may not have been directly linked to the attack. they may have ties to the extremist organization that carried out the attack. they have not been charged yet. they are detained and being intrargted acorked to libyan officials, so we should be knowing about this as information is released by the libyan government. >> do we believe these people are really responsible
. >> you know, we are now since yesterday, able to report that u.s. drones are flying over eastern libya, for example. trying to collect intelligence, survey targets, see if they can find those responsible for the attacks in libya. this, this has become a root of choice drone to collect the intelligence and then possibly armed drones to strike targets. i want to go back to this video you're showing. this is the main gate of the u.s. embassy in yemen on that busy commercial street in the capital of sanaa. the concern will be as the crowds form, will they disperse, will they go away? i think our report from the street there is quite correct. the yemeni forces don't want to see this escalate, so they're doing what they can. this is the main gate on the street. we won't get into a lot of detail but the embassy buildings are behind it and the embassy goes back for some particular distance. this is the main gate on the street. but sanaa is an unsettled city. they have demonstrations, they have a level of violence that's concerning to all. the issue in the coming hours will be, will this disper
the four americans returning home, four americans killed in the attacks in benghazi, libya, returning home earlier today at andrews air force base. ♪ that this was a very complex attack involving more tars, rocket propelled grenades and small arms fire and that these militants did breach the outer perimeter of the base. now, this is down in helmand provnt. the largest marine base in afghanistan. we're confirming now that two u.s. marines have been killed, several more service members have been injured in this attack. also, we can tell you that prince harry, the royals prince harry, when he redeployed to afghanistan last week, he is now based at this base. again, the british control one side. the american control the other. we're told prince harry is not in any danger. he is there to fly british attack helicopters, the apaches. >> there were also effigies of president obama burned in afghanistan today and we've seen things like that in other places like egypt. were the attacks at the base and helmand province related? >> we asked the headquarters there in afghanistan and t
. demonstrations across the region from iran and iraq to gaza, to yemen, to libya and morocco, a wave of anti-american anger that has cost the lives of ambassador chris stevens and three other americans, two of them former u.s. navy s.e.a.l.s. meanwhile, president obama spoke out about all of this on the campaign trail today. >>> people around the world, i want peoe to hear me, to all those who would do us harm, no act of terror will go unpunished. it will not dim the light of the values that we proudly present to the rest of the world. no act of violence shakes the resolve of the united states of america. >> secretary of state, hillary clinton, tonight paid tribute to the two security personnel killed alongside ambassador chr chris stevens. tyrone wood and glen dougherty. she said, this violence should shock people of all faiths and traditions. people of conscience and good will every we are must stand together against violence, hate and division. we have two reporters covering this story for us. arwa damon is in tripoli. ben wedeman is in cairo. let me go to arwa. you are in benghazi for us
at the center of the rage. the progress of finding those responsible for the death of the ambassador to libya let's go "outfront." >>> good evening i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight turmoil spreading. protesters rising up in at least nine middle eastern countries today their target the united states. this is cairo tonight. you're looking at pictures here as you can see flames, molotov cocktails, hundreds of angry protesters amassed outside of the american embassy. security forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets to hold them back. even canada out of caution closed their embassy in cairo. a photo cairo, it's a chalk drawing on the ground of a jewish star of david with the words, i'll translate, remember your black day september 11th within in arabic. and it is beyond cairo tonight. anti-u.s. demonstrators clashed in front of u.s. embassies, in israel, sudan, iraq, iran and among muslims in kashmir. there's a call in iran for nationwide rallies tomorrow. it appears to be a backlash at least in part from a low budget anti-islamic film which was made in the united states, first posted on yout
americans returning home. four americans killed in the attacks in benghazi, libya, returning home earlier today at andrews air force base. ♪ > next, another deadly day of rage, anti-american protests erupting in more countries and breaking news. two american servicemen killed in an attack on an american base and mitt romney's top foreign policy adviser says these attacks wouldn't happen under a romney administration and we'll ask fellow jon huntsman if this adds up. reporting you saw here first, the controversial film maker at the center of this story. investigators say they're looking into whether he violated probation today. let's go "outfront." good evening, everyone. i'm erin burnett. tonight, we have breaking news. a sustained attack at an american base in afghanistan where two americans were killed. >> we're getting new information that sheds more light on this attack. officials are now telling me that this was a very complex attacks involving mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire and that these militants did reach the outer perimeter of the base. now, this is dow
there tonight as they continue to be there day in and day out as the rage continues to spread. in libya, the remains of four americans kill during the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi returned to the andrews air force base this afternoon. president obama was there and he vowed to bring justice to the men who killed them. >> even as voices of suspicious and mistrust that seek to devid countries and cultures, the united states of america will never retreat from the world. >> four people have been arrested in libya what were on the scene of the attack, but the government says they are not linked to the murders. that investigation continues and we have a live report on that now. arwa damon is with me from benghazi tonight and i know you had a chance to go to the consulate there. what did you see? >> reporter: it was really quite chilling, horrifying to be walking through some of the buildings there just imagining what had transpired, taken place. they were all burnt. there was black soot covering the walls. ashes over some of the furniture, the chandeliers. there was debris all over
adviser committee and was recently in lib libya. and former cia officer bob bayer. so you have new reporting now on the sat ttatus of the fbi investigation. >> so you understand when this happens and the fbi opens the vks o investigation one of the first thing they do is say, please request for us to get to the crime scene and request that we will have access to the crime scene and to any individuals that the libyans take into custody. while the fbi has made that request. what we found out today, while the fbi has finally made it to tripoli, they haven't been on the ground in bengazi. they deployed their personal to a lotication in the region. they have conducted interviews of personnel who were there at the time of the attack. they made a request that the crime scene be secured. as we know from reporting, the state department -- we don't know whether that request was put to the libyans and whether that was denied. official i spoke to said if we get there now it is not clear whether it will be of use to us. look, one of the things we have to do is question the individuals that the
in the muslim world. >>> and new developments in the benghazi, libya, attack. four people now under arrest, all four victims now identified. good morning. welcome to "early start," i'm christine romans. >> and i'm brianna keilar. zoraida zam lynn and john berman are off. it's 5:00 in the east, so let's get started. >>> protests erupting overnight and with friday prayers ending in just one hour, u.s. embassies around the world are bracing for more. overnight, the anger and defiance that started wednesday over an anti-muslim movie made in the u.s. spreading to 11 countries from egypt to as far west as morocco and as far east as india. the worst of it in yemen, where at least five yemenis were killed as hundreds of protesters stormed the american embassy in sanaa. cars and bottles smashed, water cannons brought out to control this crowd. in egypt, where the violence first erupted three days ago, more clashes. protesters setting fires and the egyptian military deploying tanks to keep things calm. and in libya, news overnight that four people arrested in the murder of ambassador chris stevens and th
.s. diplomatic posts are undersiege right now after the killing of the united states ambassador in libya. so how dangerous is it now for americans abroad? also, as the u.s. moves to hunt down the killers, libyan authorities make at least one arrest. but was it a mob attack or something much more ominous? >>> and mitt romney's taking heat even from some republicans for his harsh criticism of president obama's foreign policy. is he ready to dial back or double down again? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> u.s. warships are moving toward libya today as president obama vows that no act of terror will go unpunished. his words. but in the grim aftermath of the u.s. consulate attack in libya which left the u.s. ambassador and three other americans dead, there are still serious questions as to which group was responsible. meantime, violent protests sparked by an anti-islamic film spreading across the muslim world today. in cairo, crowds have again gathered outside the u.s. embassy right now. they've been throwing rocks and fire bombs as police answer with tear gas. in yemen, police o
she is still waiting for answers while the fbi investigates four americans killing in benghazi, libya. our sources reveal that not single fbi investigators has set foot at the crime scene 15 days after the terrorist attack. and that the crime scene has still not been secured. those are just two headlines, two new pieces of information tonight. that is not all we're learning. cnn national security correspondent fran townsend joins us now. as we often mention, fran is a former white house homeland security adviser and a member of the security adviser committee and was recently in libya with her xworm, mccann drew & forbes. also with us, bob bear and we have the daily beast. you have new reporting. >> so you understand when this happens and the fbi opens the investigation one of the first thing is go to the state department and say, please request permission for to us enter the country, get to the crime scene, benghazi, and please request that we will have the security and the ability to do that, that we will have access to the crime scene, that we will have access to any individuals tha
is libyan. he says he braves the regime's tank shells because his fight for libya compelled him to also fight. >> you know, as his tour in libya. you cannot say this is not freedom fighters. they want to be free of the government. i don't know why they watch. >> libya got nato's help. syria for now gets his. >> he has to -- >> the syrian regime blames foreign radicals trying to conger up fears of a takeover by islamist extremists. while he embraces religion, he dismisses extremism and al qaeda altogether. >> i'm only student. i left my money, my student, my family. not al qaeda. we're not coming to corrupt this country. we came here to help. >> reporter: there could be thousands of foreign fighters in syria. some radical. some not. while rebels may want battle harden the fighters here now, they may regret that when the extremists decide to stay, says one expert. >> i think we don't have any benefit in having them, but i think at this point because of their weaker weaponry and training and ability, they may need them to fight. if you assume the fighting is going to be finished, as in the
states. but the protests in libya, tunisia, and egypt are smaller in size and lower in volume. a mob started to form near the u.s. embassy in cairo today. but security forces broke it up. a u.s.-made film considered to be insulting the islam was among the protesters this week. >>> and pope benedict xvi calling for religious freedom in the middle east. crowds in lebanon cheered for the pope on the second day of his visit there. the pope praised lebanon as an example of how christians and muslims can work together, marriages between christians and muslims are not uncommon there. but the area has seen violence. there was a protest in tripoli and lebanon. scenes of carnage, in aleppo, syria today. 11 people were killed across the country. at the time, the president met with the envoy to discuss how to end the violence. he accused other nations of funding the terrorism, which he says are responsible for bloodshed. >>> and more rallies in chicago today, by striking teachers, including a march in the streets this afternoon. the two sides reaching a tentative deal, the officials meet tomorro
killed in libya came home. ♪ seven marines carrying each casket from an air force c-17 transport bringing them to a hanger filled not just with leaders, not just commanders and dignitaries, but comrades, colleagues, family, and friends. the killing of ambassador christopher stevens, sean smith and former navy seals glen doherty and tyrone woods has become part of a political battle back home. there was not even a hint of that here, of course. among those in attendance, colin powell, secretary of state during the last administration, current secretary of state and defense. secretary of state hillary clinton saying that the four lives lost were lived in service to their country and are, in her words, at the heart of what makes america great and good. president obama vowed to bring the killers to justice. >> the united states of america will never retreat to the world, we will never stop working for the dignity and freedom that every person deserves, whatever their creed, whatever their faith. that's the essence of american leadership. that's the spirit that sets us apart from other nations.
, colorado, where the president is speaking about the four who were killed in libya. >> serve in difficult and dangerous places all around the world, to advance the interests and the values that we hold dear as americans. and a lot of times their work goes unheralded, it doesn't get a lot of attention. but it is vitally important. we enjoy our security and our liberty because of the sacrifices that they make. and they do an outstanding job every single day without a lot of fan fare. so what i want all of you to know is that we are going to bring those who killed our fellow americans to justice. [ cheers and applause ] i want people around the world to hear me, to all those who would do us harm, no act of terror will go unpunished. it will not dim the light of the values that we proudly present to the rest of the world. no act of violence shakes the resolve of the united states of america. [ applause ] and i have directed my administration to do whatever is necessary to protect all americans who are serving abroad. that's one of my highest priorities as president. and we're also in contact
the mourners as the bodies of the u.s. ambassador and others killed in libya return to the united states. and mitt romney ramps up his criticism of the president again as the latest polls show him falling behind in several crucial states. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> but we begin with these live pictures. look at this. this is tahrir square in cairo. these are live pictures coming in not far from the united states embassy. once again, the protests escalating even as we speak. earlier in the day it had been relatively -- keyword, relatively, quiet. now seems to be escalating for some reason. our own ben wedeman is on the ground for us. we're going to be going to him shortly. at the same time as these scenes are unfolding, there also have been frightening scenes of violence and hatred directed at the united states and others around the region. it's spreading. and u.s. officials are very worried. sources tell me they're especially concerned about today's penetration of the united states embassy in tunisia and the reports that the american school was actually burned.
benghazi, libya where four americans, including the u.s. ambassador to libya were killed in the turmoil. ambassador christopher stevens, state department computer expert sean smith, former navy s.e.a.l. glen doherty, and breaking news about the fourth victim. he has now been identified, tyron woods, a former navy s.e.a.l. as well. according to knsd, woods was from the area, from imperial beach, 41 years old. his ex-wife telling the station he loved being a s.e.a.l. more than life itself. we do have late developments on an arrest today in connection with his killing, as well as the search for additional suspects. and the libyans, many of whom have expressed shock and outrage over the killings. as we said, the anti-american flames are spreading. in addition to libya and egypt, there were protests as well today in yemen, sudan, iraq, morocco, gaza. at least 11 hotspots now including israel, iran, and the cash kashmir region by india. not just contained in the arab world anymore. the most dramatic and deadly eruption happened in the capital of yemen. take a look. protesters breaching a wall
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